Books are a great source of information for preppers. In a major disaster, you may not be able to access the internet. Owning a good selection of books for preppers is very important for your survival. Here are twelve of our favourite books for preppers, divided into four sections.
The three books for preppers in this section are all about being prepared before a disaster strikes. They cover equipment, food and supplies, as well as looking at what to do when disaster strikes.
Just In Case by Kathy Harrison. A great introduction to prepping in an easy to read format. Kathy Harrison takes the reader through preparing everything needed to survive a disaster. The book is particularly good for people getting started in prepping. It’s also great for families, with an emphasis on making sure that everyone’s needs are taken care of.
Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb. This book teaches you how to prep for many different disaster scenarios, as well as long term survival. It covers a number of different survival strategies for self-sufficient living after a major disaster. It’s a very useful book for those prepping for long term survival after an apocalyptic disaster.
Prepper Supplies and Survival Guide by Novato Press. This book for preppers outlines the essential prepper supplies and tools of survival, including physical and mental strategies. It is divided into broad sections for things you need to prepare and supplies you should have, and also covers various different disaster scenarios.
Survival and Bushcraft Skills Books For Preppers
The three books for preppers listed in this section cover survival skills and bushcraft. After a major disaster, or in a post-apocalyptic world, you will need to rely on your own skills to survive. These books are all great for learning and practising your skills, as well as useful reference manuals. If you only buy one book, make it The SAS Survival Handbook, or the pocket sized version The SAS Survival Guide.
The SAS Survival Handbook by John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman. The SAS Survival Handbook, and it’s pocket sized sibling The SAS Survival Guide are our favourite survival books for preppers. They cover a huge range of survival skills, by an expert in the field. The SAS Survival Guide’s small size makes it perfect for keeping in a bug out bag. Read our full review of them both.
When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin. This book provides solutions and strategies for how to survive a disaster, including an emphasis on the psychology of survival. Cody Lundin is a well known and respected survivalist, and this book passes on a huge amount of his expertise.
Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills by John & Geri McPherson. An older book, but with great information about primitive survival skills. It has very detailed guides covering many different primitive skills, including making bows and arrows, tanning hides, fire starting and butchery with primitive tools. It’s not always easy to find this book; it is available, but not cheap, on Amazon.
Foraging Books For Preppers
Foraging for food is a great way to find plenty to eat and survive. The three foraging books for preppers listed below are intended for use in the UK, and cover edible plants that may be different to other parts of the world. For readers in the USA, check out this selection of US based foraging books on Amazon.
Food For Free by Richard Mabey. A great guide for foragers, with over 100 different edible plants. Each has a description and illustrations or photographs to aid identification. This book also includes practical advice on how to pick various different edible plants, as well as recipes and traditional uses.
Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland by Robin Harford. An extremely well researched book of edible and medicinal plants that can be found in the wild in Britain and Ireland. The book itself doesn’t contain photos, but purchasing the book also gives you access to a free photo identification guide with several photos of each plant. The book contains instructions for downloading the photo guide.
The Forager’s Calendar by John Wright. A seasonal guide to wild harvests. This book is enjoyable to read, and packed with a wealth of information about various edible plants and mushrooms. It has more of a focus on mushrooms than edible plants, but still covers a wide range of food that you can forage.
Medical Books For Preppers
Many preppers focus on storing food to survive for months or years, but skip preparations to deal with medical care. These books will help you to understand what to do when faced with medical emergencies with no medical support.
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook by MD James Hubbard. Or What To Do When Help Is Not On The Way. This is a superb book for preppers that will teach you what you need to know to take care of yourself and your family in the event you aren’t able to get medical help right away. The book goes well beyond basic first aid, covering all sorts of injuries and illnesses.
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner. A classic healthcare manual intended for use where medical supplies and training are in short supply. This book is an invaluable addition to a prepper’s library. It covers all aspects of maintaining health as well as dealing with illnesses and injuries.
Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson. An excellent companion to Where There Is No Doctor, this book covers all aspects of dental care with limited equipment. It includes how to diagnose dental problems, make and use dental tools, apply fillings and remove teeth.